March Break Love

For once I feel quite good about what I accomplished over the break. There is nothing worse than feeling you slept the week away! I got up to some great sewing this week as well but I’ll share that later. For now, you’ll have to check out the magazine recipes I tried.

From Milk Street (March-April 2018):

Gruyère and Chive Omelet with Mustard Croutons p.4.

This seemed an odd recipe at first with the croutons in the middle of the omelet but if you think about it it’s just like eating it with toast. This recipe was truly dreamy and I’ll be making this one again for a quick weekday meal…

 

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Egg whipped with chives.

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Croutons soaked in a white wine reduction with grainy mustard and then fried. YUM!

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Serve with a green salad for the win!

In Rome, Broccoli Is a Sauce, Not a side p.7

Broccoli sauce, weird you say? Yup, a little bit but packs a flavour punch. Broccoli stalks are whizzed up into a sauce with seasonings. I’m just annoyed I didn’t think to make it for St. Paddy’s day. Next year…

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From Bon Apétit (March 2018):

Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart p.22

Very sadly I was not a fan of this tart and it took AGES to make! I think I prefer something sweeter. The crust was a bitter chocolate, the caramel was yummy but lacking something and, my fault, I didn’t use the best chocolate on the top so it tasted flat as well. Oh well, they can’t all be winners. The only thing good about this recipe was I got to practice making caramel and that is never a bad thing…

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An excellent method for getting tart pastry in the pan. Not like doing a pie crust where you roll the dough on the pin and lay it on top of the shell.

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Reserve dough off the edges to fill cracks after the blind bake.

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Clearly, my second attempt on the right was correct. You really do need to almost burn it. That light coloured goodness still tasted a treat.

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Looks good, right. I know! So sad it didn’t have the flavour for me.

Twice-Roasted Squash with Parmesan Butter and Grains p.89

Soooooooooo tasty. As the weather this break was horribly grey and depressing I felt ok making this fall-like recipe…

 

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Roasted Squash for the parmesan butter mash.

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Filling. Used farro but I think quinoa would have been nicer.

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Saving the best for last…

Spiced Sweet Potato Sandwich with Feta P.63

Holy cow, this was the sandwich of champions. I can’t express the awesomeness of this sammy! It had a layer of feta, roasted sweet potato, lemon and garlic mayo, pickled red onion and beets and fresh herbs. I can still taste this dreamy concoction…

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I have to make this again soon! Yum, yum, yum.

 

 

Jan-Feb Food Magazine Wrap Up

I know I say this all the time but how did 2 months just whip past! It really frustrates me that I don’t have magical powers to slow down time.

Anyways, March mags are cropping up at Costco (I keep forgetting that Costco is a great cheap option for magazines) and Chapters so I better share some of my food adventures from the last couple of weeks. Look out tomorrow for my February sewing make.

First, I finally made a few things from Bake: The British Issue…

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Tradition scone recipe with currants. Noticeably missing the clotted cream. Come on Canada get with the cream scene!

 

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Truthful, I was not thrilled with most of the recipes I tried. What I will keep though is the extended section in the middle of the magazine with “must-hit spots in the capital city”. With my lovely husband being British we are lucky to get to London regularly. My time in London usually involves dragging said wonderful, compliant, trained husband to every foodie shop I learn about in the London area. I don’t think he suffers though because it helps us explore like a local and eat well! On pg. 58 I was reminded to check out Spitalfields Market and on pg. 58 Violet (a little bakery, she also has a cookbook). The scone recipe I tried was nothing to write home about. I STILL MAINTAIN THAT THE BEST SCONE RECIPE IS FROM EDNA STAEBLER’S FOOD THAT REALLY SCHMECKS. Amazon link here, an oldie but a goodie. The Strawberry and Ginger Crumble, pg. 36 was sadly NOT good. Possibly user error but if you know my family you’d know we are crisp connoisseurs! There wasn’t enough liquid, not enough butter in the topping, way too bitter even with the most recommended sugar. The only thing I’ll take away is the idea to put ginger in my regular topping…IMG_3040IMG_3041

I’ll move on to the divine Custart Tart, p.37. Please don’t judge my crust edge. I will definitely make this again. It was creamy perfection. The fresh nutmeg on top was a winner too…

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Keeping with the dessert theme, from The Best Mediterranean Diet Recipes magazine I made the Semolina Pudding with Almonds and Dates p.92. This Middle Eastern pudding treat is right up my flavour alley. Have I mentioned I LOVE saffron and cardamom anything,yup…

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Last, I made one final recipe from the February Bon Apétit. The Wheat Berry Bowl with Merguez and Pomegranate, p.30, minus the sausage of course…

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Excellent!

 

 

 

Bon Appétit Feb 2018 Update

I’m starting to forget which magazines I’ve updated on or not! I’ve had to put check marks beside the ones I’ve blogged about. Follow me on Instagram to get more updated pictures before I write about them here.

Did I mention I also got the Bon Appétit February issue? I got it because of the Tahini Brownie recipe. Remember I made a batch of these from the latest LCBO Winter Mag, see here for that post. What is absolutely hilarious is that just before I saw this mag at Chapters I said to John, “I totally think tahini brownies are a THING, I’m seeing recipes everywhere!”. I’m not even exaggerating…fast forward about 5 min and this is staring me in the face…

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Yes! It is officially a thing.

I liked these brownies better than the ones from Food and Drink. They were very fudgy. Keep in mind I did overcook the Food and Drink ones, making them WAY too dry. Here are the Bon Appétit ones…

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These are worth a try for sure!

I figured I best make something else from this magazine so I tackled the Mango Toast with Hazelnut-Pepita Butter. I’m soooooooooo glad I did. What a wonderful combo. You also sprinkle Aleppo red pepper flakes and honey on top, gorgeous. I used defrosted frozen blueberries instead of freeze dried. It turned out amazing…

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Kitty update just in case you love cats! They are learning new tricks too…

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The Best Mediterranean Diet Magazine Update

As I’m waiting for recipes to cook for tonight’s dinner I thought it the perfect time to update on recipes I’ve been making from America’s Test Kitchen’s The Best Mediterranean Diet Recipes. I’ve been plugging a long and finding some nice little recipes along the way…

First, we were invited to an impromptu evening gathering (when you are younger I think that’s just called a Saturday night lol). Anywho, I decided to make 2 of the dip recipes that I hadn’t been thinking to try. First was the Tzatziki on p.7. I tried it with the beetroot variation. It was nice but I think I put too much beet in for my liking. I think I’d make it again with maybe 4 oz instead of the 6. Actually, I wouldn’t be rushing to make it again, not sure I can put my finger on why. Could just have been because I’d prefer less beet, hmmmmmm, perplexed…

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There is still cucumber in this beet Tzatziki.

The other dip I made was a different story for me altogether! The Muhammara on p.9 was gorgeous. It had a tanginess  from the pomegranate molasses (yes I used store bought and not the recipe at the bottom of the page, deal with it!) and a gorgeous after bite of spice from the cayenne. Loved it!…

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Are those store-bought pitas in those pictures. Well, no, thanks for asking! They are toasted up fresh from large pita pocket rounds. You totally don’t need a recipe to cut these open and drizzle olive oil and salt on top but just in case there are directions on p. 7…

Before we left for that gathering I made the Roasted Winter Squash Salad with Za’tar and Parsley p.24 for dinner. It was delish! If you don’t want it too dressing’y then maybe add a bit more squash. Could eat this one for days…

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Check out p. 25 for the cover recipe. We had that on the past weekend and it was a total hit. Curry and cauliflower can’t be beat in my books…

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John went goo-goo-gaga over this next recipe on p. 64, The Roasted Mushrooms with Parmesan and Pine Nuts. I thought they got a bit dry with the addition of 1/2 cup of Parmesan so just gauge for yourself how much you want to put in. The picture in the magazine didn’t look as cheese coated as mine…

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The neatest thing about this recipe was that you actually soaked the mushrooms in salt water for quite awhile. Odd because we are usually taught to NOT wash these bad boys. It worked though…

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Finally, the BEST recipe so far. The Fig and Phyllo Cookies on P. 90 were truly divine. Now, I lOVE, LOVE, LOVE fig or date anything so I knew I’d like these but I almost ate all the filling before the cookies were rolled, oops! I’m not convinced you even need to use the filling with phyllo (they are a traditional Italian cookie by the way). I think you could do a traditional Date Square with this filling instead. It had hints of orange from the orange syrup and the Sherry is a must…

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That’s Test Kitchen all wrapped up! Let me know if you make any of the recipes. I already know that Moody Little Kitchen has bought the mag to make some of these gems. Find her amazing blog at here.

Milk Street Magazine Jan-Feb Recipes

Have you bought any of the Jan-Feb Magazines I’ve been making recipes from? Maybe this post will inspire you to try something new…

From the recent Milk Street (still in stores)…

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…I first made the Chickpea and Harissa Soup (Lablabi) p.22. I love the description “For an older generation, lablabi is hot breakfast. For a younger one, it is late-night after-club grub.” For John and I it was just a weeknight dinner for 2 (which made enough to feed an army by the way.) Here’s where I got creative. You basically had to sauté the ingredients and then add the chickpeas and water. I thought “hey! why don’t I forget about soaking and cooking the chickpeas first. I could just cook it all in the Instant Pot together”. You  know dried chickpeas are the best right…

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Instant Pot time!

You know what? It worked brilliantly! There are 3 quarts of broth in this soup which was more than enough to cook the chickpeas…

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Saute function first

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Toast up those spices

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Ready to pressure cook for 45 min

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All done kids

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Look at those gorgeous gems

There was no lack of fixin’ madness with this soup. Cilantro, capers, parsley, green olives, toasted sourdough croutons…you name it! I recommend adding some diced preserved lemon…

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Finished Product

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Those eggs! Great soft boiled egg tips in the recipe. Steam for 7 min then directly in ice water. Perfect softies every time!

Next up was an interesting take on Guac, Colombian Avocado Salsa (Aji de Aguacate) p.24. Avocado is mashed with some hard boiled egg then mixed with a tangy vinegar herb and chilli mix, topped with larger chunks of egg and tomato…

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The magazine suggests it could be traditionally served on patacones (double fried plantains) so why not try those too! I looked to the Nomnom Paleo app and my foodie friend Moody Little Kitchen for some advice. I think they turned out pretty well for my first go. You are meant to find green plantains but that’s not always easy at a Zehrs in the middle of an Ontario winter so yellow ones had to do (they just made them a bit sweeter which was fine)…

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John’s seal of approval

I really liked the addition of the egg. I can see trying my usual, memorized version of guac with some hard boiled goodness. Let me know if you give it a go!

 

 

 

First Magazine Recipe Meals

A Saturday night spent with friends and new recipes is one of my favourite past times. This weekend was no exception. I tried 3 new recipes from “display until March” magazine, The Best Mediterranean Diet Recipes by America’s Test Kitchen...

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I figured if you’d like to cook along with some of the recipes then I shouldn’t wait to post at the end of the month like I did last year with my monthly cookbook challenge. In this way, you can get the magazine and cook the recipes too! If you do PLEASE let me know what you made.

Last night we started with the Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad with Cumin p.21. I LOVE beet salads and this one didn’t disappoint! The addition of the pistachios and parsley really shined through. Will be my new go-to beet salad from now on I think…

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Roasting the carrots in my new oven.

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Mix the carrots and roasted beets with the dressing to cool and marinate.

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Before serving add the toasted pistachios, parsley and lemon zest. Gorgeous!

For the main we had the Artichoke, Bell Pepper and Chickpea Tagine p.55. I love a Tagine of course and this was a good one. I love kalamata olives in anything so right there I figured it would be good. The addition of 3 cups of roasted artichoke hearts also made it for me. I didn’t cheap out on the chickpeas either. No canned peas for this girl with access to a new Instant Pot (Dad got one for Christmas so I only have to run to the downstairs flat). In 40 minutes I had gorgeous chickpeas, done with no soaking time! Can’t beat the flavour of dried chickpeas, I say…

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Starting the simmer.

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Just before serving you add some greek yogurt. This makes it creamy and dreamy.

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Serve with couscous.

Not that you need a recipe for couscous but the Tagine recipe does direct you to use the one on p.85 called Simple Couscous. It gets you to brown the couscous in oil for a few minutes before adding the liquid. Careful, it can spurt up!

Let me know what you decide to make from The Best Mediterranean Diet Recipes Magazine. On sale now until March.